Summary: I wish it was a little easier to use or that it gave some sort of indication that it was working and set to go. It does have really good results though! Rice, Quinoa & Steel cut oats are perfect every time!
Summary: We loved our Aroma ARC-1000 so much that we bought this as a present for my brother-in-law's family. The stainless steel finish looked nicer in their kitchen than our white rice cooker. We should have taken a closer look at the picture because although it has the same number of buttons, it does not have the same features. There is no quick rice function here, and it does not give a countdown of the final 9 minutes before the rice is ready.
Summary: I've owned Aroma rice cookers before (different sizes, all with the glass lid) and they were worked out fine. For everyday use, I have a small Tiger rice cooker which is still working great after several years of daily use. I bought the Aroma ARC-960SB from Costco because I wanted a bigger rice cooker with the hinged lid for occasional parties at my house.
Summary: The most important question when assessing a rice cooker is "Does it do a good job cooking the rice?" Any comments about the other features are moot if the rice turns out poorly. I have had this rice cooker for nearly two years and have never had much luck cooking good rice. There is always a burned film on the bottom of the pan that I have to throw out. Furthermore, the rice is usually dry when it is finished.
Summary: (Original Review posted 12-28-09) One of the best values out there. I've been using it (bought elsewhere) for about a year and a half, and have made all sorts of grains, soups, steam buns, poached fish, cupcakes...really, you name it, I've tried cooking it. That said: -The white rice and brown rice buttons, so far as I can tell, mainly affect how quickly the heating element works, and I've been happy with their performance.
Summary: This is a great deal for an automatic large-capacity rice cooker with so many options. If you want to get anything better, you will probably have to spend at least twice as much. What more do you need than different options for white vs brown rice and a delayed timer? I eat more brown rice than almost anyone else on the planet (no joke) and use this cooker all the time for large batches. The delayed timer feature is very useful.
Summary: I have no idea how to make rice and every time I tried in pan the results were the worse. Now I dont even need to worry about making Rice beacause all I need to do is prewash the rice, add a bit oil salt, water and turn the cooker on... it comes with instructions how much water you will need. Its perfect and the option of delay for cooking is excellent. I love it and plus at same time the rice is cooking you can prepare steam vegetables.. It simply perfect.